Private tour

Santa Barbara: Private Half-Day City Architecture Tour

Santa Barbara: Private Half-Day City Architecture Tour

From US$ 329 per group up to 6

Learn about the area's Spanish colonialism and its impact on the coast's historical architecture during this 3-hour tour.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • See the Old Mission & walk around one of California's most beautiful relics from the 18th century
  • Learn about the Santa Barbara Courthouse, an example of Spanish Colonial Revival style
  • Take a step back in time with a visit to the El Presidio de Santa Barbara
  • Stop for photo opportunities and learn about the city’s history from your guide
Full description
Explore Santa Barbara’s most iconic buildings, each with its own unique story steeped in tradition. Learn about the evolution of the city as you're comfortably driven from one stop to the next, including the County Courthouse, the Old Mission, and the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara. Start your tour at the train station or from your Santa Barbara hotel. Say hello to your driver-guide and buckle in for a half-day exploration. Find out for yourself why the city is often branded as the American Riviera. With white stucco buildings, red-tile clay roofs and Spanish street names, the Spanish influence is evident throughout the city. Visit the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and the 18th-century Old Mission, Santa Barbara’s iconic landmarks, that appear to have been transplanted directly from Spain. Next, visit El Presidio Real de Santa Bárbara a former military installation also known as the Royal Presidio of Santa Barbara founded and built by Spain in 1782. Learn about the Spanish influence that goes way back to 1602 when adventurer Sebastián Vizcaíno landed here after surviving a huge storm on the eve of Saint Barbara’s feast day, giving it its name.
  • Private vehicle
  • Driver-guide for your group
  • Hotel pickup & drop-off
  • Food & drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • This is a driving tour and transportation costs are included
  • This tour will take place rain or shine
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Product ID: 399230